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  • Hampden County Economic Overview

    469,358

    Population (2017)

    Population grew by 2,750 over the last 5 years and is projected to grow by 1,534 over the next 5 years.

    229,300

    Jobs (2017)

    Jobs grew by 8,533 over the last 5 years and are projected to grow by 5,975 over the next 5 years.

    $51,005

    Median Household Income (2016)

    Median household income is $4,317 below the national median household income of $55,322.

    Economy Overview Narrative

    As of 2017 the region’s population increased by 0.6% since 2012, growing by 2,750. Population is expected to increase by 0.3% between 2017 and 2022, adding 1,534.

    From 2012 to 2017, jobs increased by 3.9% in Hampden County, MA from 220,767 to 229,300. This change fell short of the national growth rate of 8.2% by 4.3%. As the number of jobs increased, the labor force participation rate increased from 57.2% to 57.8% between 2012 and 2017.

    Concerning educational attainment, 15.1% of Hampden County, MA residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (3.2% below the national average), and 8.8% hold an Associate’s Degree (0.9% above the national average).

    The top three industries in 2017 are Individual and Family Services, Education and Hospitals (Local Government), and Restaurants and Other Eating Places.

    Regional Comparison
    Population (2017) Labor Force (2017) Jobs (2017) Cost of Living GRP Imports Exports
    Hampden County, MA 469,358 222,532 229,300 118.0 $23.7B $25.3B $25.4B
    Worcester County, MA 823,242 434,143 387,201 121.3 $45.2B $44.9B $40.5B
    Hartford County, CT 892,660 477,830 547,981 125.6 $86.7B $66.2B $99.4B